Wedding dresses are more than just gathered silk and tulle held together by laces, ribbons, and covered buttons; these are works of art that challenge designers to create classic and bespoke pieces that will also capture any bride’s heart.
If you are looking for inspiration, celebrity wedding dresses are most likely on your mood boards and Pinterest pins, and you have definitely watched many “Say Yes to the Dress” episodes that you have already mastered all the cuts and shapes to know which dress is the one for you. But if you think you’re still missing something, here are the most iconic wedding dresses of celebrities you can take inspiration from:
Grace Kelly’s film star-to-princess story is one of the firsts in Hollywood that captivated everyone’s interest at that time. This real-life fairy tale was highly publicized when the “To Catch a Thief” actress wed Prince Rainier III of Monaco on April 18, 1956. It was televised live and was watched by more than 30 million viewers.
Her gown, which is probably the most popular wedding gown of our time, was designed by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Studios’ costume designer, Helen Rose. The dress has a high neckline and long sleeves, and for the bodice, it was made from more than a century-old Brussel lace with a rose-point design.
To create the rest of the dress and its 3-foot train, three dozen seamstresses used 25 yards of taffeta silk, a hundred yards of silk net, peau de soie, and tulle. Though the dress was designed by Rose, Kelly worked together with her to come up with this timeless piece that’s perfect for a royal princess, which may also be the inspiration for the Duchess of Cambridge’s dress when she wed Prince William in 2011.
Audrey Hepburn, who may be one of the most celebrated actresses of all time, is also known for her sophisticated style that perfectly matched her golden heart and her award-winning talent. The “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” star was married and divorced twice, but her first wedding dress, which she wore when she and American actor Mel Ferrer exchanged “I do’s” in 1954, may be the one that will take any whimsical bride’s breath away.
The tea-length dress with a full skirt, high neck, and big puffy sleeves was designed by Pierre Balmain. The EGOT-winning actress paired the dress with long white gloves and a white rose crown.
When Posh Spice married football superstar David Beckham in 1999, many expected a lavish look from Victoria Adams of Spice Girls, and she didn’t disappoint. She donned a silk ball gown by wedding gown designer Vera Wang during her million-dollar wedding in Ireland. The dress is pretty much straight out of a fairy tale with its full skirt, corseted waist, and a 20-foot train.
Through her years in the show business, Salma Hayek has made herself an icon – from TV to the big screen, she has proven herself as an actress and also as a director and producer. In 2009, she and French businessman Francois-Henri Pinault tied the knot twice, first on Valentine’s Day in Paris and the second one in Venice in April.
The masquerade-themed wedding reportedly cost around $3.5 million but this amount is nothing to Hayek’s look during the second ceremony. The “Frida” actress wore a Balenciaga ivory ball gown by Nicolas Ghesquiere with a V-neckline bodice that is filled to the brim with embroidery.
As a supermodel, Kate Moss is an absolute stunner, so when she tapped John Galliano to create her wedding dress, anything basic is not enough. Moss is a huge fan of the designer, claiming that she feels comfortable wearing Galliano’s works and revealed that she admired the ’30s fashion inspiration – and the designer did not fail the bride.
On her wedding day with Jamie Hince in July 2011, Moss wore a sheer bias-cut gown reminiscent of Galliano’s designs in the ’90s. To balance the dress’ softness, golden embroidery was added, making this one of the designers’ finest works. The dress even became a part of Victoria & Albert’s wedding dresses exhibition in 2014.